The First Persecution of the Church – Acts 4:1-22

The First Persecution of the Church – Acts 4:1-22

Thursday Service – 10/5/2017

Pastor Bryan Parish

“The First Persecution of the Church”



  1. The Persecution by Men 4.1-4
    1. The Source of the Persecution (4.1-2)
    2. The Arrest from the Persecution (4.3)
    3. The Results of the Persecution (4.4)
  2. The Message to Men (4.5-12)
    1. The Majority of the Unbelievers (4.5-6)
    2. The Intimidation by the Unbelievers (4.7)
    3. The Power Against the Unbelievers (4.8)
    4. The Bold Message to the Unbelievers (4.9-12)
      1. The Focus on the Name of Jesus (4.10a)
      2. The Focus on the Crucifixion (4.10b)
      3. The Focus on the Resurrection (4.10c)
      4. he Focus on the Rejection of the Messiah (4.11)
      5. The Focus on the Narrow Way (4.12)
  3. The Opposition of Men 4.13-22
    1. The Impact on the Opposition (4.13)
    2. The Problem for the Opposition (4.14-15)
    3. The Threat by the Opposition (4.16-18)
    4. The Response to the Opposition (4.19-20)
    5. The Determination Against the Opposition (4.21-22)


Acts 4:1 Now as they spoke to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees came upon them, 2 being greatly disturbed that they taught the people and preached in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. 3 And they laid hands on them, and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening. 4 However, many of those who heard the word believed; and the number of the men came to be about five thousand.


Acts 4:5   And it came to pass, on the next day, that their rulers, elders, and scribes, 6 as well as Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the family of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem. 7 And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, “By what power or by what name have you done this?”


Acts 4:8   Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders of Israel: 9 If we this day are judged for a good deed done to a helpless man, by what means he has been made well, 10 let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. 11 This is the “stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’ 12 Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”


Acts 4:13   Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus. 14 And seeing the man who had been healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it. 15 But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves, 16 saying, “What shall we do to these men? For, indeed, that a notable miracle has been done through them is evident to all who dwell in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it. 17 But so that it spreads no further among the people, let us severely threaten them, that from now on they speak to no man in this name.”


Acts 4:18   So they called them and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. 20 For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.” 21 So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding no way of punishing them, because of the people, since they all glorified God for what had been done. 22 For the man was over forty years old on whom this miracle of healing had been performed.


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